São Paulo

As Brazil's most cosmopolitan city, São Paulo hosts a wide variety of after-hours fun. The Vila Olímpia district is known for dancing, and Pinheiros for live music, but the most happening ‘hood remains the neo-hippie Vila Madalena, where innumerable bars and nightclubs attract throngs of young people.

São Paulo Nightlife


Dance hits from the '70s and '80s animate a crowd that, for the most part, was born during those decades.

Rua Alvorada, 515, Rua Alvorada, 515, 011-55-11-3168-8872, www.boogie.com.br
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

Canto da Ema

A mostly twenties crowd gets down to live “forró universitário” – an electric version of the traditional northeastern rhythm that is popular throughout Brazil.

Ave. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 364, 011-55-11-3813-4708, www.cantodaema.com.br
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

Carioca Club

Live samba, samba rock and a Brazilian version of zouk dominate the stage at this dance club. There are also shows by name acts like Zeca Baleiro. Come Wednesdays for samba rock dance lessons.

Rua Cardeal Arcoverde, 2899, 011-55-11-3813-8598, www.cariocaclub.com.br (Portuguese only)
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub


The Filial is an upscale version of a Brazilian boteco (a traditional, down-home bar made famous by samba composers like Zé Ketti). The over-30 crowd is mainly composed of local musicians and artists.

Rua Fidalga, 254, 011-55-11-3813-9226, www.barfilial.com.br (Portuguese only)
Tags: nightlife | bar


This comes as close as you’ll get to an Irish pub in Latin America. The bar is popular with English-speaking expatriates, regardless of national origin, and is in vogue with the natives. Drink Guinness on tap.

Rua Cristiano Viana, 358, 011-55-11-3062-3232
Tags: nightlife | pub | bar

Jacaré Grill

This tiny grill house, with its ice-cold beer and famously inventive bar appetizers (think sausage in passion fruit sauce), is one of Vila Madalena's most popular spots.

Rua Harmonia, 321, 011-55-11-3816-0400, www.jacaregrill.com.br
Tags: nightlife | bar | culinary

Manga Rosa

Manga Rosa is one of the few clubs near the offices and hotels of this booming office district. Brazilian and international DJs play house, trance, and techno.

Praça Soneto, 1754, 011-55-11-5507-3938, www.clubmangarosa.com.br/fotos2.html
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

Posto 6

This Rio de Janeiro-style bar offers one of the best happy hours in town. Unwind to soothing strains of jazz, bossa nova, or Brazilian Popular Music (MPB).

Rua Aspicuelta, 644, 011-55-11-3812-4342, www.posto6.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar


This club, with its 19th-century, belle époque feel, features a high ceiling and mezzanine over the 5,382-square-foot dance floor. DJs play an eclectic mix of music for the youngish crowd.

Rua Gomes de Carvalho, 799, 011-55-11-3845-8555
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

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